|SYRACUSE PEACE COUNCIL EDITORIAL STATEMENT|
Will We Let Them Steal the Election Again?
In 2000 George W. Bush stole the US presidential election.
In the very close Florida race many people of color were deliberately
disenfranchised. Others, thanks to various irregularities, had their votes negated.
With those votes Al Gore who had already won the popular
US vote would also have won Floridas delegates and therefore the
Electoral College vote. Instead, before the Florida vote could be properly counted,
the Supreme Court declared Mr. Bush president.
Caught off guard, US Americans found no effective way to contest
that cynical and partisan decision. In 2004 there is no excuse for being caught
off guard. We now know how the Bush crowd operates.
In 2000 Gore and Democratic Congressmembers acquiesced to the
Supreme Courts decision. The Democratic Party was beholden to corporate
backers who probably preferred Bush anyway. Ominously, the Democrats have yet
to retrieve their partys soul from those same backers.
That same year elections were also stolen in Yugoslavia and Peru.
In both countries, however, citizens took to the streets in massive numbers,
eventually reclaiming their vote
and their national integrity.
In 2000 some of us declared, It doesnt matter: the
two main parties and their candidates are tweedledum and tweedledee. Given
the past four years, however, its now obvious we were wrong.
Compared to 9/11, the brazen theft of the 2000 election did far
more harm to the US. Few, if any, administrations in US history have so scorned
truth or the democratic process. Bush Inc. has wrapped itself in secrecy. It
has defiled the US body politic. It has eroded our quality of life, and the
quality of political discourse. Its tax thievery has redistributed vast income
from the poor and middle class to the already obscenely rich. (See pages 8-9
for a more extended indictment.)
Bush Inc.s illegal invasions, occupations and regime changes in Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan, prove that the US has become totally shameless about being the worlds bully and thug. The world is now a dangerous place for US Americans.
Voting Is Not Enough
The men (and a woman) of Bush Inc. embody an ideology of greed and dominance hostile to sentient life on this planet.
Having tasted near absolute power, Bush, Inc. is determined to retain that
regardless of who wins the November election. Knowing that once they
are out of office they can more easily be prosecuted for war crimes raises the
But before war crimes trials, the more immediate strategic priority is to assure that the upcoming election and vote tally are legitimate. Without vigilance, a second coup is likely. We must do all we can to protect this election.
Nonviolently Resisting a Stolen Election
If there appears to be another stolen election, we call on Central New Yorkers with others across the nation to stand up and nonviolently resist a second coup.
The Syracuse Peace Council is committed to organizing such a campaign locally
and is supporting the national call to action aptly named, This Time Were
In the meantime keep early November open for hitting the streets here and in
Lets not blow it again.
The stakes are too high.
-the PNL Editorial Committee and the Syracuse Peace Council